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Celebrating 50 years of Pride!

Celebrating 50 years of Pride!
June 1969, New York – First ever pride weekend takes place. Some may know this to be the Stonewall Uprising or the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against police at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan.  Continue reading

Keiji Mutoh of All Japan Pro Wrestling - more famously known in the west as WWE (then WWF)'s Great Muta!

Keiji Mutoh of All Japan Pro Wrestling - more famously known in the west as WWE (then WWF)'s Great Muta!

A veteran of the wrestling world, Mutoh is greatly admired for his charisma by his fans. We talk about life on the road with a troupe of mostly male wrestlers and how that could effect their affection for TENGA!

Keiji Mutoh talks TENGA

How was this year for you and All-Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW)? (2010)

It was tough; I had to take time out of the ring after some knee surgery I had in Spring. I wouldn’t go as far as saying “AJPW = Mutoh” but even within the association my popularity meant that some people weren’t coming to watch our fights. It was tough especially since I run the business itself. That said, it really gave the younger guys motivation to catch the eye of our audience more than usual. It may have been a tough year, but I think it’s given us a chance to shine even brighter next year and the coming years after that.

Any particular young wrestlers you could mention?

The AJPW triple crown champ Suwama goes without saying. Perhaps with a little less experience but Hama (Ryota) showed good form this year too. In the tag matches, Soya (Manabu) and Sanada (Seiya) have really come into form, and in the Junior class, KAI and Yamato (Hiroshi) have started to shine. In this year’s Pro-Wrestling Awards by Tokyo Sports, Suwama received an award for Outstanding Performance, and Technical Prize award went to Kaz Hayashi – so I’d say we’re all receiving high praise from the Pro Wrestling world in general.

We’ve heard that there’s a pretty huge number of heavy TENGA users within the younger wrestlers, is this true?

I think they ALL are, right? Since you can find TENGA pretty much anywhere I doubt these guys have any problems buying them, I’ve even heard a rumor one guy buys tens at a time and keeps a stockpile. We really can’t thank you guys enough for all you do for us! Dojos are basically places with 20 or so guys sharing a roof, with no girls allowed in. Back when I was in the Dojo we were based in Setagaya so there were plenty of cute fans around, but since we’re now located in the center of a residential district, we’re more or less isolated from society during the night. That all changes when we’re on the road though. A little while ago we’d stay at Japanese-style Inns and share rooms but now it’s all business hotels and private rooms so the guys can freely watch as much porn as they like. You know what, It might be an idea to hand out TENGAs to the younger guys that don’t have much money or luck with women. I know for sure I’ve heard of some that always bring a TENGA along on the road anyway. Even some guy that said that TENGA was basically his lover – laughing about “I just can’t resist that texture.” The guys all train hard and are packed with stamina so I guess they have a lot of vigor to use up. TENGA would make a perfect luxury for them!

If TENGA and the AJPW were to collaborate, what would you like to do?

How about a battle in a ring made of this slippery TENGA material? Well, I guess it’d be better against a girl! *Laughs* Actually I’ve heard TENGA had a campaign for AIDS Day donations, I’d like to try out something like that. Perhaps turn all our corner posts to TENGA CUPs? We could get a TENGA mascot in the ring too. It would be even better if we had some sort of evil character to go against it. Like an “AIDSMan” character in a charity match to fight HIV.

In fact Kendo Kobayashi (a comedian that’s famous for his love of both wrestling and TENGA) was on a TV show presenting his idea for his original superhero “God Hole” – based off an old Japanese cartoon character “Kinnikuman.” The original artist gave it a thumbs-down but we got permission to create a model figurine of it and gave it to Kendo as a gift. You should have seen the quality of it! It would have been great if it saw the light of day.

Let’s do it! Let’s do it now! God Hole VS AIDSMan charity match! We could work together to raise awareness in Asia as well. I’d love to show more people around the world the greatness of Pro Wrestling as well. That goes for Japan too but there are a whole world of places around Asia that have yet to actually have any real Pro Wrestling in their country. I went to Taiwan this year, I’m thinking Shanghai and Macau the next. There are so many possibilities left in Asia. TENGA on the other hand already has a stable following in Asia so I’d love to be able to do something together over there. Let’s create a buzz together!

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Jaguar Skills Talks TENGA

Jaguar Skills Talks TENGA

On a trip to Japan from his hideout in the UK, this edition of TENGA VOICE meets Ninja DJ Jaguar Skills! We find out about the roots of his mixing skills of slicing and dicing multiple tracks in an even more varied set of genres, as well as his deep seated love of Japan, design and TENGA!

Interview adapted from original article by Rolling Stone Magazine JAPAN

Jaguar Skills Tenga

We hear you’re a fan of TENGA?

I got involved with and Taku Takahashi’s (of m-flo fame) show TCY Radio when I first came to Japan, and when I was interviewed on the show, one of the listeners asked “What do you like about Japan?” and I answered “The people are lovely, the food is delicious … and the TENGAs are amazing!” and the listeners all found that hilarious. I mention TENGA a lot on my mixes for BBC Radio as well. There aren’t many people who know about TENGA in the UK yet so it’s fun to talk about. TENGA in itself is just a great, fun idea – you know? The EGGs are a great idea – and the creativity and thought that goes in to these products is just amazing.

Are there products like this in the UK?

There’s always been lots of toys for women, but nothing for men – I don’t think most people even think about it. That’s why TENGA’s so new, and impressive! Like, most men can joke about it but it’s never really considered a serious thing, you know?

We hear that you sometimes wear your LOVE ME TENGA t-shirt while you’re DJ-ing?

Yea I love it, it’s just a really cool design. I even wore it for Fatboy Slim’s show in the UK in front of 40,000 people!

If TENGA and Jaguar Skills were to collaborate, what would be the outcome?

Well I’m a designer as well as a DJ, so it would be an honor to be able to collaborate with TENGA. If I were to make my own TENGA it’d be something like a (club-goers will know this word well) Jaguar Skills – HooooOOOOOLE! *Laughs* I’d release a mix tape with it too, perhaps the details on the inside could be like a Shuriken design (Ninja throwing-star.)

Musically, we know Jaguar Skills to be a speedy mash-up mixer, but where are your roots in music? What’s the inspiration for your sets?

If I were to explain my own style it would be a high-speed mashup, but my roots are in Hip Hop – that’s what I used to love. I’d tape samples from my records, cut and paste them into different mixes. Like the old 30-second DJ battles, hip hop DJs are fast mixers, I’ve just taken that approach to dance music, and made it my own style. My influences are like Jazzie B, Tim Westwood… and my dad! My dad was a DJ too, so I grew up in a house with about 40~50,000 records… my mum was always telling him to get rid of them! *Laughs* My style is sometimes a bit too much for the listeners in the UK, but Japan’s always been a great place to play, and everyone seems to respond really well to my music which is great.
I remember the first time I was going to DJ in Japan and I was with Taku, wearing my ninja mask when it suddenly hit me like – “Taku – do you think I might offend anyone with this mask?” Like I don’t want to seem offensive, you know, to Japanese culture with the ninja thing, I was worried I might even get attacked by real ninjas after my set! *Laughs* But yea the Japanese audience was really cool about it.

So what’s next for Jaguar Skills?

I know a lot of great producers, some who aren’t even that famous yet, so I’d like to get a production team set up with some of these guys. Then I can do things like maybe soundtracks for movies, cartoons, or even an original Jaguar Skills cartoon. I wanna keep creating.

Alright then, we’ll look forward to the creation of the Jaguar Skills HoooOOOLE too then!!

Definitely! *Laughs*

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United State(s) of Masturbation

Could introducing sextoys to the bedroom improve your sex life? TENGA finds out with the TENGA SVR couple's vibrating ring!

For many, masturbation is an accepted and important part of healthy sex and sexuality. TENGA aims to further this cultural acceptance, offering products to enhance sexual pleasure during masturbation, and in turn, aid in sexual performance with or without a partner(s). TENGA conducted a survey of 1,200 Americans on their opinions of masturbation. What we found is that nearly everybody masturbates – so why aren’t we talking about it?

Could introducing sextoys to the bedroom improve your sex life? TENGA finds out with the TENGA SVR couple's vibrating ring!

The survey found that the overwhelming majority of Americans – 95% of men and 81% of women – have masturbated in their lifetime. Interestingly, most people estimated the percentage of people who masturbate to be much lower, indicating a disparity between how much people THINK the general population masturbate, and how much they actually ARE masturbating.

Even though approximately 88% of the U.S. population masturbates, more than half of the population reports being uncomfortable talking about the topic openly. In fact, 29% of all respondents reported having lied about masturbating in their lifetime. Reasons for lying about masturbating vary, and included embarrassment and fear of being judged by family, friends or partners.

The survey found that many people are using masturbation for reasons other than pleasure alone. More than half of all respondents cited additional answers, including relieving sexual tension, promoting relaxation/stress relief and as a sleep aid. Americans also use masturbation to enhance their sexual experiences, both alone and with partners. Approximately 13% of Americans masturbate with the intention of improving sexual performance. Meanwhile, 95% of individuals who have masturbated in front of a partner describe the experience as “good,” “very good,” or “excellent.”

Masturbation can be a beneficial and healthy addition to sexual routines. Though women are more than twice as likely to own a sex toy than men, all people stand to gain from introducing masturbation tools into their lives. 70% of all sex toy owners say that the masturbation experience is improved by introducing a toy. Research has also found the addition of masturbatory tools can aid in remedying common sexual dysfunctions, including premature ejaculation and anxiety surrounding performance.

Not surprisingly, the survey found that who you are – your gender, age, marital status, geographic location – dictate how you feel about masturbation.

The TENGA United State(s) of Masturbation Survey confirmed what most already knew – the majority of Americans are masturbating, but not everyone is comfortable talking about it. TENGA aims to elevate the discussion around masturbation from secretive to celebratory.

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This survey was taken by TENGA Co., Ltd. This article has been taken directly from their website 
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